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I am working on whole bow strokes down to the frog and I am finding that on the E string my thumb knuckle at the hand keeps bumping the side of the violin and bouncing the bow ...if I go as close to the frog as demonstrated in the videos...am I doing something wrong or how can I improve that?

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Posted: March 8, 2012
Last Comment: March 9, 2012

Dick Stanley
Posted: March 9, 2012
There's something about the E string and the potential bad angle of the right arm. Focusing on my fingers, sometimes, I hit the body of the violin with the hairs near the frog. The first time it happened I looked up, thinking I had hit the blades of the ceiling fan above my head.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: March 8, 2012
Hi Kelly! The thumb can get in the way if your wrist level is on the low side, or if the base knuckles of the right hand are too fattened. Try opening your bow grip (imagine you have an egg nestled in the palm of your hand), raise the wrist level as you approach the frog and watch how the bow will tilt slightly away from you. This should solve the problem. Don't be shy to post a video.